Understanding Radiation Therapy

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Managing side effects of radiation treatment to certain parts of the body

The next sections give you tips on how to manage side effects that may be caused by radiation to certain parts of the body. These are general side effects. Be sure to talk to your health care team about what you might expect and what you should look out for with your own treatment plan. Tell them about any changes you notice, so they can be managed before they worsen. Also make sure you know what problems need to be reported right away and where to get help after normal office hours and on weekends and holidays.

More details on treatment side effects and how to manage them can be found in our document called Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: A Guide for Patients and Families.

Last Medical Review: 05/02/2014
Last Revised: 05/02/2014